Board of Directors

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

Chairman & Global CEO

Mr Sean Murphy is our Chairman and Global CEO and he was appointed to our Board on 2 January 2014. He has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, and he is responsible for the strategic planning and overall management of our Group. Mr Murphy began his career in technology sales, and within 10 years, worked his way to the position of Vice President of International Sales at Sun Data Systems, Inc., overseeing sales in over 70 countries. In 1998, he, together with three partners, launched Canvas Systems, LLC (“Canvas Systems”), one of the world’s largest independent resellers of pre-owned, enterprise computer systems with offices in the US, UK and Netherlands. Canvas Systems was acquired by Avnet, Inc. in 2012. Mr Murphy’s string of tech successes in the US also included co-founding Optimus Solutions Inc. in 2001, which was sold to Softchoice Corporation in 2008.

Mr Murphy received the Entrepreneurial Success Award by the US Government-SBA Division in 2002. In 2006, he was selected as one of Atlanta’s 40 under 40 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and was awarded the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Small Business Person of the Year in 2007.

A native of Roswell, Georgia, Mr Murphy graduated from the Emory University with a degree in Economics.

Edward Flachbarth

Edward Flachbarth

Executive Director & Global President

Mr Edward Flachbarth is our Executive Director and Global President and he was appointed to the Board on 27 April 2017. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of our Group. Mr Flachbarth began his career in 1990 with Sun Data Systems, Inc. where he held various roles before his promotion to Wholesale Manager. In 1998, Mr Flachbarth, together with our Chairman and Global CEO and another partner, launched Canvas Systems, LLC. With the acquisition of Canvas Systems, LLC by Avnet, Inc. in 2012, Mr Flachbarth went on to join Avnet, Inc. as a Channels Manager and Operations Manager, where he was responsible for channel sales.

Mr Flachbarth graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Peter Ng

Peter Ng

Lead Independent Director

Mr Peter Ng is our Lead Independent Director. He was first appointed to our Board on 27 June 2016 and last re-elected as Director on 29 April 2019. He serves as our Audit Committee Chairman and is a member of our Remuneration and Nominating Committees. Mr Ng has been in financial advisory, fund management and direct investments for over three decades, and has held senior positions in several large institutions. He is currently the Managing Director of Peterson Asset Management Pte Ltd, and also serves as Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman of iFAST Corporation Limited. Mr Ng was General Manager of Investments in Hong Leong Assurance Bhd, based in Malaysia. For nine years till 1996, he served as Head of Treasury, Investments and Corporate divisions at various stages of his career with Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd. Prior to that, he was Senior Manager of an international public accounting firm and had worked for several years in their Australian and Singapore offices. From 2009 to 2010, Mr Ng also served as a member on the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority’s Investment Committee.

Mr Ng graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree (with Honours) from the National University of Singapore, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1993.

Wai San Loke

Wai San Loke

Non-Independent Director

Mr. Loke was appointed to our Board on 29 April 2019 as a Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director. He is a member of our Audit, Remuneration and Nominating Committees. He is also the Executive Chairman and Director of AEM Holdings Ltd and an independent director at Sunningdale Tech Ltd which are listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange. Mr. Loke has been appointed to the Board of Enterprise Singapore on 1 April 2020.

Mr. Loke is the founder and CEO of a private equity fund adviser Novo Tellus Capital Partners. His expertise is in cross-border private equity investments in various sectors including semiconductors, IT, enterprise software, medical equipment, and manufacturing. From 2000 to 2010, he was with Baring Private Equity Asia, where he was a Managing Director and head of Baring Asia’s US office and subsequently co-head for Southease Asia. Prior to joining Baring Asia, Mr Loke was a Vice President at venture capital fund H&Q Asia Pacific from 1999 to 2000, a Senior Manager at management consulting firm AT Kearney from 1995 to 1999, and an R&D engineer with Motorola from 1991 to 1993. Mr Loke was a former Chairman and President of Singapore American Business Association in San Francisco. Mr. Loke holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago, and a BSEE from Lehigh University.

Dr. Lim Puay Koon

Dr. Lim Puay Koon

Independent Director

Dr Lim Puay Koon was appointed to our Board on 1 April 2020 as an Independent Director. He is a member of our Audit, Remuneration and Nominating Committees. Dr Lim was previously a Board Director and Audit Committee Member for SGX-listed HupSteel from 1994 to 2019.

He was the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Dimension Data North Asia from October 2014 to December 2019, and the Managing Director (“MD”) of Dimension Data ASEAN from April 2008 to October 2019. He was also Director & General Manager for Outsourcing Services (South East Asia) for 12 years at Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific. He has held executive positions in Dell Asia Pacific and IDA. He has over 30 years of extensive international experience driving strong growth in IT solutions and infrastructure businesses across Asia Pacific.

Dr Lim obtained a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Engineering and a PhD in Computer & Systems Engineering, as well as an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

Jeffrey Wong

Jeffrey Wong

Independent Director

Mr Jeffrey Wong was first appointed to our Board on 27 June 2016 and last re-elected as a Director on 29 April 2019. He chairs our Nominating and Remuneration Committees and is a member of our Audit Committee. He has more than 15 years of experience in corporate transactional work covering the legal and investment banking aspects.. Mr Wong is currently the Chief Executive Officer of SooChow CSSD Capital Markets (Asia). Prior to joining SooChow CSSD Capital Markets (Asia), he held various senior positions within the Religare Capital Markets group. Before Religare Capital Markets, Mr Wong worked at UBS AG and Allen & Gledhill LLP.

Mr Wong was awarded Singapore In-house Lawyer of the Year at the Asian Legal Business South-East Asia Law Awards 2009 and was a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Committee in the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (now known as the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants) for the 2009/2010 term.

Mr Wong graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the National University of Singapore and is qualified to act as an advocate and solicitor of the Singapore Supreme Court and as a solicitor of Supreme Court of England and Wales.